Whether you’re starting your first business, looking for a way to move your business online, or just want to swap your current hosting for a better one, choosing the right web hosting provider for your Business success is critical.
If you’re looking for a portable yet powerful solution, you’ve probably come across Bluehost and Hostinger, and for all the right reasons. Both hosts manage to remain beginner friendly while offering a wide variety of hosting options, features, and available apps. However, while these hosts are similar, they are not identical.
That’s why we’re exploring the similarities and differences between these hosts, focusing on features, ease of use, performance, customer support, and pricing.
So, if you’re still struggling to choose between Bluehost and Hostinger, stick with us. By the end of this comparison, you should have a clear idea of which of these hosts is the right choice for you and your business.
Main similarities and differences
While both Hostinger and Bluehost are particularly popular options, the latter has been around for nearly two decades, becoming one of the biggest names in the web hosting industry with over 2 million domain names.
Hostinger, on the other hand, started its journey as Hosting Media and changed its name to Hostinger in 2011, so while its story is a success story, it lacks Bluehost’s long track record.
Today, Bluehost is popular for its WordPress-specific packages with commercial features, while Hostinger focuses on being as cheap and enjoyable as possible without compromising overall performance.
Also, while both hosts offer some great entry-level solutions for newbies, Bluehost is slightly stronger when it comes to customer support, so if that’s one of your top priorities – go for Bluehost.
If you don’t mind finding your way without the loyal customer support staff available over the phone line and plan to rely on step-by-step guides, Hostinger may be a better option.
Since entry-level shared hosting packages are pretty much the most popular option for users just starting out, let’s start with that. Bluehost currently offers four shared hosting packages, while Hostinger offers three – all with add-ons and some customizations that can be requested.
Bluehost’s most affordable option is a shared hosting plan called “Basic” for $2.74 (€2.64) per month (billed annually), which will give you one site, 50 GB of SSD storage, custom WordPress theme, a free domain name for one year, and 24/7 customer support.
On the downside, there are only two billing cycles available (every 12 months or every 36 months), so if you’re hoping to get a monthly plan – out of luck. Also, after the promotional period ends, you can be caught off guard by the massive price spike – a whopping $9.25 (€8.92) per month.
With Hostinger, you get a single site, 30GB SSD storage, up to 10,000 monthly visits, one email account, two databases, two subdomains, free SSL certificates, Cloudflare DNS firewall, and 24/7/365 for $3.49/month (€3.35) Customer Support (billed annually).
However, if you commit to four years, you can get the cost down to $1.99 (€1.90), which is the most affordable option here. Even after the promo period ends, the price skyrockets to $3.99 (€3.85) – significantly lower than Bluehost.
So, if you’re on a tight budget, Hostinger may be a better option than Bluehost, both for short- and long-term planning. However, while these hosts differ slightly in terms of features, we are tied for value for money.
Managed Services Comparison
While both Bluehost and Hostinger offer shared hosting, WordPress-specific hosting (managed and unmanaged), VPS hosting, and eCommerce hosting, Hostinger also offers cloud hosting solutions that Bluehost doesn’t.
We should also note that with Hostinger, you can get Windows VPS hosting, while with Bluehost, it’s Linux or nothing. However, since Linux hosting is a more popular option anyway, it won’t be a deal breaker for most people, but not for those who want to use specific Windows applications.
Also, if you are thinking of upgrading your business with a dedicated server, you must use Bluehost as Hostinger does not offer dedicated hosting.
All in all, although Hostinger offers more options, it doesn’t matter to you if you’re not interested in cloud or Windows hosting.
Website Builder Products
For those who aren’t particularly tech-savvy or don’t have enough time to build a website from scratch, both Bluehost and Hostinger offer easy-to-use website building services.
With Bluehost, you get a beginner-friendly WordPress website builder that makes creating a professional-looking WordPress website quick and easy. It has an intuitive interface, drag-and-drop functionality, and tons of templates.
Hostinger’s website builder of choice is Zyro, which covers all the essentials, including over 200 mobile-responsive templates, easy drag-and-drop customization, and the ability to attach videos, maps, social media widgets, and basic ecommerce functionality.
If you want a budget-conscious solution, Zyro’s entry-level plan could be a perfect fit. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more scalable, customizable, and long-term solution, choose Bluehost.
If you need speed, Hostinger might be the smarter choice, especially if you plan to create a WordPress site. This is because Hostinger supports the LiteSpeed WordPress module on its latest cloud Linux server platform for increased speed, stability and uptime. Its hosting solution also includes an optional Cloudflare CDN, which not only increases speed but also protects the site from DDoS attacks.
As expected, Hostinger offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee for all of its users, which is a bit low (we’d like to see at least 99.98%), but much better than something like Bluehost that doesn’t offer an uptime guarantee at all.
Hostinger’s main data center is located in Kaunas (Lithuania), but it also has servers across Europe (UK, Netherlands, and Lithuania), Asia (Singapore, India), North America (US), and South America (Brazil).
All of Bluehost’s servers are located in the United States, with the main data center in Orem (Utah, USA).
Ease of use and performance
Both Bluehost and Hostinger are easy to master, thanks to an intuitive signup process, easy-to-use dashboard, convenient control panel, one-click installation, WordPress-friendly approach, and drag-and-drop functionality.
When Bluehost chose to integrate the industry-leading Linux-based cPanel, Hostinger came up with its own control panel, called hPanel – which is surprisingly as user-friendly as cPanel.
In terms of overall performance, while both hosts are very powerful, you can expect Hostinger to be faster due to the sheer number of server locations available. However, if you and your target audience are from the US, it’s a tie.
In terms of customer support, Bluehost got off to a stronger start than Hostinger by offering more support channels to choose from.
These include phone support, 24/7 live chat, an FAQ section, and a knowledge base with how-tos, video guides, and easy-to-follow guides.
With Hostinger, on the other hand, you get 24/7 live chat, email support, and a comprehensive knowledge base – but no phone support.
Both hosts offer enthusiastically updated blogs where you can find tons of helpful tips and tricks.
Which host wins?
While Bluehost and Hostinger have a lot to offer, they each have their own strengths and weaknesses.
With Bluehost, you can expect a great user experience, great uptime, more resources (storage, bandwidth, and sites), more emphasis on WordPress, and more support channels.
At the same time, Hostinger is more portable than its competitors—especially when it comes to long-term commitments. It also offers a wider range of managed services and stronger performance, backed by a 99.9% uptime guarantee.
Thankfully, both hosts offer a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means you can try everything yourself without breaking your budget.